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Just wondering if anyone else has had their water break but didn't go into labor, so doc suggested (read: badgered) induction which lead to c/s? First baby was induced too (but delivered vaginally) so does this mean possibility of that condition where your body doesn't go into labor on its own? If so, any opinions on chances of a successful VBAC for next baby?<br><br>
(I think what I'm trying to say is that I WANT next baby to be VBAC and am looking for some support/positive words!!! ok, is that better?) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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As far as I can see from the information you've provided, you had PROM - premature rupture of membranes - which means that your bag of waters broke before you were ready to go into labor (that is, your body didn't break it on its own).<br><br>
This can be caused a number of ways, and it does not in any way imply that your body betrayed you or that it is not capable of going into labor. I've read a lot about birth and labor, and I've never heard of such a condition.<br><br>
Cheers for your vbac!!!
 

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You have delivered vaginally...that's great!<br><br>
How long from the time your water broke did your Dr. want to induce you..sometimes it takes a bit before contractions start.<br><br>
Are there MidWifes available in your area?..Maybe a midwife would trust the process of birth a bit more..???<br><br>
I think you have a EXCELLENT chance for a VBAC<br><br>
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Women's bodies always go into labour if left alone to do it. If you're not on a timetable and don't have a surgeon as a primary carer it's not a problem. Your body wasn't the problem, your cp's attitude was <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">How long from the time your water broke did your Dr. want to induce you..sometimes it takes a bit before contractions start.</div>
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8 hrs or so- they wanted to induce anyway as I was 40 wks and they said "baby is too big"<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Are there MidWifes available in your area?..Maybe a midwife would trust the process of birth a bit more..???</div>
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My NEW practice has one doc, one MW- but doc has to deliver VBACs (hospital rules?) His success rate is 11 for 12, though!<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">I think you have a EXCELLENT chance for a VBAC</div>
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YAY!!!!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Wow he was in a rush, it's considered safe by most medical folk to let you go 24 hours. anyway it sounds like he was in a hurry to get you going anyway.. big baby indeed. Your body won't make a baby you can't deliver. From the alternate perspective, as long as you don't let anybody give you a VE or take a bath or have sex or otherwise introduce germs into the vagina, you can walk around with ruptured membranes safely for a long time - like, days. Left alone, for sure you'd go into labour.<br><br>
With ds, my waters broke and labour started about 1 1/2 hours later. With dd, my waters broke at 8am and labour didn't start until 6pm.<br><br>
That's a great vbac rate for this Dr! One question to ask is does he limit who is "allowed to try" - sometimes they do this to make a good rate eg they won't let you go past your due date (this will be important for you).<br><br>
xxo Robin
 

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HMMMMM,<br>
8 hours is really nothing..in terms of water breaking and contractions starting.. I bet, if he let you alone your contractions would have started when they needed too.<br><br>
I have had moms...that have gone 24-36 hours before contractions started!<br><br>
Start believing in your ability to birth your baby!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Women's bodies always go into labour if left alone to do it. If you're not on a timetable and don't have a surgeon as a primary carer it's not a problem. Your body wasn't the problem, your cp's attitude was <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"></div>
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well, when you're on day 5 after your waters have broken, it sometimes can feel like you won't <i>ever</i> go into labor.<br><br>
With my last guy, my water broke on friday and babe wasn't born till tuesday. I had piddly contractions off and on the whole time, but nothing to write home about. Ironically, my saving grace was the fact that he was a preemie and they wanted to keep him baking as long as possible, so they ignored the general *24* rule and let things go as long as neihter of us was showing signs of infection. By tues morning, I was going stark raving mad and doc and I decided to try a very (VERY!) low dose of pit to see if it would stimulate the piddly ctx into something more regular. Just a few hours later, my VBAC babe was born <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Wow- sooo glad to hear your stories! I feel so much more confident that I CAN go into labor on my own! And my new doc said that he will let everyone go 'till 41 weeks....
 

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My first c/s was from the cascade of interventions that began with PROM.<br><br>
My first VBAC was after PROM. Water broke, irregular and weak contractions until labor finally kicked in 26 hours later. My daughter was born 31 hours after my water broke. The general guideline for OBs is 24 hours to get the baby out, so I'm not sure why they told you 8 hours. My OB said that after 12 hours, the chance of infection increases, but the studies that these guidelines are based on are in teaching hospitals with high rates of infection and multiple vaginal exams.<br><br>
In my case, I consented to going in for antibiotics after about 15 hours. It was an agonizing decision. I thought I was throwing away my chance at VBAC. In the end, I had no signs of infection and labor progressing so my OB was patient to wait.<br><br>
But that experience is why I chose the midwifery model of care for my most recent birth. I had a homebirth this time and my water broke during pushing. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> My midwife had suggested vitamin C supplements to strengthen the bag of waters. It's only one anectodal case, but it worked for me.<br><br>
Oh, and one more thing....your OB has no say whether you go past 41 weeks or not. So take the word "let" out of your vocabulary. If I had a care provider that said that to me I'd have been cut. My third baby was born at 42 weeks, 2 days - 16 days late!
 

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I second the vitamin c advice. Don't really know if it's at all research based, but vitamin c=collagen booster; bag of water made of collagen=> take vitamin c for a stronger bag of water! And vitamin c doesn't hurt.<br><br>
I'd suggest starting to take 1000mg daily at around 28 weeks.<br><br>
And I have a half baked theory that when pitocin is used for two births, that the body may require more time to figure out that this time, it won't get started from an outside source. In other words, the body is lounging around cooking a baby and waiting for its hormonal signal to come from an IV drip. When it doesn't come, the body begrudgingly springs to life and does what it was originally designed to do.<br><br>
With having had a vag birth before-your chances are GREAT!<br><br>
Best birth wishes, mama!<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/hug2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Hug2"><br>
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I think a HUGE preventative of PROM is keeping anything (esp. OB's grubby hands!) OUT of your va-jay-jay until it's 100% certain you're in labour. The dealio is, the doctor can push bacteria (good and bad) towards and sometimes into your cervix where it gets trapped... even a mild infection can weaken the bag and cause it to break prematurely. So my advice, keep all hands (that aren't your own) away from your girly parts <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Oh, and one more thing....your OB has no say whether you go past 41 weeks or not. So take the word "let" out of your vocabulary. If I had a care provider that said that to me I'd have been cut. My third baby was born at 42 weeks, 2 days - 16 days late!</div>
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I'd be wary of an OB saying that too. 42 weeks is more standard and I wouldn't even agree to that either. There are even moms that go 3+ weeks overdue with their babies, it's just what their bodies do. What if your baby isn't ready yet and ends up being born too early? Ask him as long as baby and mama are both fine, why would he induce at just 41 weeks?
 
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